Maintaining Independence – Practical Tips for Older People and their Families

When older people experience a decline in their physical abilities due to illness or an event such as a fall, it can be tricky to help them to maintain their independence and remain in their own home.  Their friends may be in a similar predicament and family members are often trying to juggle jobs and children, so time is in short supply.  Ideally, the precious time that is available should be quality time to enjoy each other’s company rather than a stressful rush to do all the “jobs” which inevitably leads to frayed tempers and, worse case scenario, a failure to cope.

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Nursing the Buurtzorg way!

In 2006, four nurses in the Netherlands set up their own social enterprise organisation, Buurtzorg, to look after older people in their homes in a truly patient-centered and holistic way. 10 years on, Buurtzorg employs more than 10,000 nurses and has established a reputation for delivering effective care at a lower cost per patient and for being a great organisation to work for.

So what do Buurtzorg do differently?

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Getting Flu is not to be sneezed at

The days are getting shorter now and it is already darker in the mornings.  I’ve got my winter woollies out and there is definitely a nip in the air first thing.  Still – the sun is quite bright and getting out in the day time and doing some gentle exercise is good for you, so out I go with the dogs!
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